The next day we got on the road and went to Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve to do a quick two hour hike. Todd wanted to do the 4 or 6 hour hike, but it wasn't available because of Ramadan (guides are required for the longer hikes there). Bummer ;) These "hikes" are little different though - they are on "wet" trails; it was a hike through a river (walk upstream, attempt to float downstream) in a siq (natural chasm formed from tectonic plates). At a few points we were up to water at our waists and using ropes to climb over rocks, but it was all worth it for the beautiful views and waterfall at the end. Unfortunately the water level was a bit too low to do some proper canyoning/floating, but we enjoyed trudging through anyway.
After Wadi Mujib we got on the road to head to Wadi Musa to visit Petra. We stopped at one castle (Karak Castle) on the way, it was built by Crusaders in the 1100s and a decent chunk of it still stands! Karak, however, is not the easiest city to navigate and we made many stops to ask for directions. Other than the 4 or 5 armed guard check points and not knowing if we were going the right direction, the drive was pretty uneventful. Up next, Petra. . .